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Japanese boatbuilding

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Rob Stevens, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    A friend recently asked if I could be a resource person on canoe building at a "Kezurou Kai"; a "social gathering and friendly competition showcasing the skill of woodworkers that use the Japanese tools." My initial feeling is that wooden canoe building is not relevant to that tradition. I have only just poked my head into the rabbit hole;
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2017
  2. Rollin Thurlow

    Rollin Thurlow member since 1980

    Japan does have a wooden canoe history. On the northern island of Hokkaido there was a tradition of building bark canoes using elm bark. there was a story about it in one of the Wooden Canoe magazines maybe 15- 18 years ago. I can't remember much else except they were very heavy and not as sleek as a birch bark canoes but they were canoes and got the job done.

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